University of Southern Indiana
USI High School Case and Individual Competition

USI High School Case and Individual Competition

The Romain College of Business is pleased to announce:

University of Southern Indiana Accounting Circle
3rd Annual High School Business Case Challenge
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Business and Engineering Center
University of Southern Indiana

This year’s High School Business Case Challenge will again feature both group and individual competitions and provide students the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and scholarships to USI, gain valuable experience, and network with faculty, USI students, and local business professionals.

Case Competition - USI 2018 Case Information

  • The case competition allows teams of 2-5 students to respond to a challenging, real-world business problem.
  • In the weeks leading up to the competition, teams prepare their case solution with the help of their high school instructor and a business mentor from the USI Accounting Circle.
  • At the competition, teams present their case solution and answer questions in front of a panel of judges comprised of business professionals, professors, and students.
  • Finalist teams will be presented additional information and provided time to prepare and present a response.
  • Awards to the top place high school team:
    • $500 cash for the school
    • $500 cash to split among team members

Individual Competition - USI 2018 Individual Case Study Guide

  • Individual high school students with an interest in business and accounting have an opportunity to take a multiple-choice examination to test their knowledge of business skills and concepts. The examination is taken at the event.
  • Awards for highest scores:
    • 1st place - $1,000 scholarship to Romain College of Business
    • 2nd place - $500 scholarship to Romain College of Business
    • 3rd place - $250 scholarship to Romain College of Business

General Information

  • Students may enter one or both competitions.
  • Door prizes will be awarded the day of the event.
  • USI 2018 registration packet.
  • Registration deadline is October 31, 2018.

While we expect the case and individual competitions to be challenging and competitive, November 17 promises to be another enjoyable day for teachers, parents and students.  The day will begin with registration and a welcome message.  Teams will present their case solutions and compete in the individual exam.  Midday will feature lunch, a scavenger hunt on the USI campus, and a chance to interact with USI business faculty and students.  The day will conclude with an awards presentation.

Schedule for the Day*

  • 9:00 - 9:15 Registration
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Welcome
  • 9:30 - 10:30 1st Case Presentations / Individual Competition
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Individual Competition / 1st Case Presentations
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch with Keynote Speaker
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Campus Scavenger Hunt
  • 1:30 - 2:00 Finalist Preparation Time / Guest Speaker
  • 2:00 - 2:45 Final presentations
  • 2:45 - 3:30 Awards Ceremony

*schedule is tentative and times may be adjusted

Things to know…

  • Members of the judging panel are being finalized. We hope to include two business professionals, one professor and one business student.
  • Presentation order will be determined the day of the event. Half of the teams will present first and then compete in the individual competition. The other half will compete in the individual competition and then present their case to the same set of judges.
  • The prepared presentation will be worth 75 points. The four teams with the most points will move to the finals.
  • Finals will include a curveball question, where students are given 30 minutes to discuss the answer and present. The curveball presentation will be worth 25 points.
  • The points from both the prepared presentation and the curveball presentation will be added together to determine the total points. The team with the most total points wins.

For further information or to register a team or individual, please send an email to

This event is sponsored by the Accounting Circle advisory board and the Romain College of Business.

Participant testimonials

"I had a wonderful experience at the USI 2017 case study competition. This type of experience really allows for students to face their fears, and get better at presenting  in front of crowds. The staff that was in charge was very friendly, and they made everyone feel very welcome. I got to present on topics I normally wouldn't get to at school. This allowed for me to use my accounting class in my favor. I used what I learning in accounting to back my research project, while getting the chance to learn more. They also provide us with lunch, and gave us a tour around campus while enjoying a fun activity. It was a overall great experience and I would definitely recommend this to all high school students looking to further their education in the business field." - Halle Bowman, North High School and 2017 winning team member

"I had a great time during the competition. It was very fun. It was also very easy to go through, when we had a lot of down time we had something to do during that time. I wish I could come back for another year." - Cori Pendleton, North High School and 2017 winning team member

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